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11/21/09 10:21 P

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Today I made Lentil and Potato Pie.

www.soscuisine.com/en/recipes/view/l
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I didn't bother with the parsley garlic base, I used Worchester sauce instead of Tabasco sauce, I used no butter, and fewer pans. (I cooked the mushrooms with the garlic and onion.)

It was good.

Since I used no butter in the mashed potatoes, I sprinkled just a Tb of grated cheese on top.

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11/15/09 3:00 P

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I definitely saved that recipe too. I love that kind of stuff. Good for you food...

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11/15/09 4:17 A

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Here's a recipe that is easy and economical.

Pea and Lentil soup:
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Use any combination of small dry beans that you like. It takes a couple of hours to make, but you basically just throw the beans in a pot and let them simmer. Not a great thing to make after a busy day at work, but wonderful on weekends, and leftovers are good to take to work, if you have a microwave there.

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11/14/09 9:07 P

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Sounds wonderful! I will have to make it. Yum...

Jean

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11/1/09 9:59 P

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Oh yes, we enjoyed it! emoticon

It was a nice change from our usual fare. I will make it again.

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11/1/09 6:00 A

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I hope you enjoyed the stew!I didn't think to use canned diced (no salt added)tomatoes!Good way to cut back the sodium further! I'll have to do that next time.As well as putting in some Italian seasoning or Italian Spiced Mrs. Dash.Thanks for your input! emoticon

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10/31/09 10:15 P

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I made it with

4 potatos (chopped)
3 carrots (chopped)
3 large onions (chopped)
1 lb. ground beef, lean,
2 cups frozen peas
2 stalks celery
3 cups diced tomatoes (1 large can) (no salt added)
dash of basil
dash of pepper
1/2 c. water

* Servings Per Recipe: 8
* Amount Per Serving: 1 cup
* Calories: 297.3

* Total Fat: 12.0 g
* Cholesterol: 42.5 mg
* Sodium: 141.0 mg
* Total Carbs: 32.9 g
* Dietary Fiber: 5.9 g
* Protein: 15.0 g

Vitamin A 74.6 %

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10/31/09 6:27 A

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Good Morning!I just plugged the recipe into Spark Recipes, using 2 large potatoes , 1c.frozen peas, 2/3 LB. of extra lean beef,(the recipe did seem to have too much meat)2 (though I'd probably use 3)medium carrots, 3 med. onions, 2 med stalks of celery, and 2 c. Progresso's Healthy Classics Tomato Garden soup(less sodium for me).(and no need to add extra water.) It is for 6 servings of 1 c. each:Here's the stats:
Calories:309.4
Total fat:10.3 g
Saturated fat:39.0 mg
Sodium:258.9
Fiber:6.8g
Carbohydrates:39.2
Sugars:4.9 g
Protein:16.4g
Also worth noting:This recipe is loaded with Vitamin A,(68.2% of daily value)Vitamin C (59.5%)and at least about 20- 34 % of most B Vitamins.Use less or more meat depending on your preference, but you will have to plug it into SparkRecipes, to figure out how this changes it's stats.I'm going to go back and recalculate using lower sodium beef broth, and see what pops up then, but I bet it lowers the vitamin content a bit.!



Edited by: SWEETTOOTH10 at: 10/31/2009 (07:25)
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10/31/09 5:51 A

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Based on the amount of meat, I say this must be 6 servings or more. Baed on the amount of veggies, I'm guessing it's a meat rich 6.

I think I will try this. I may play with it a bit, adding more carrots or other veggies, and less meat.

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10/30/09 3:29 P

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I hope someone finds this and tries it, It's so.... good for the cold weather months!I found it on my e-mail From Mydailymoment.com :
They recommend using whatever lean cut of beef you like, the recipe is called"Beef and Veggie" Stew.(for CROCK POT)It doesn't say, But (sorry) it didn't give amount of servings , but it's for at LEAST 4 servings, 1 cup each.
( 2) large potatoes
( 2 )medium carrots, sliced
(1) can of peas(didn't say what size) drained.I would rinse them too, if sodium is an issue, or Use whatever amount you like of frozen, just don't add as much water later in recipe.(because they let off some)
(3) medium onions
1 + 1/2 lbs of lean ground beef.I'd say,at LEAST 85- 90%, lightly browned.(drain any excess fat)Less or more depending on family size and calories wanted.(Again , sorry, they didn't say, and I didn't dig further)
2 large Potatoes
2 stalks of celery, sliced
1 can of cream of tomato soup.(again lower sodium if necessary)(like us)
1 cup water. Don't forget, to use less if using frozen peas!

Methods and Steps:
Place layers of veggies in order given,in crock pot,and season layers evenly with salt and pepper. Put the lightly browned beef on top of the celery. Mix the tomato soup, with the water,And pour over layers.Cover and set to low, 6-8 hrs.Stirring occasionally.Let me know any variations you make, and if you like this budget friendly meal!




Edited by: SWEETTOOTH10 at: 10/31/2009 (05:31)
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8/30/09 11:34 P

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Here's a simple recipe for an easy lunch:

Best tuna "salad"
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It's not exactly a new recipe for me. I found it here on SP awhile ago, and I like having it from time to time. I don't use a fuji apple. I use whatever kind of apple I happen to have on hand.

I originally bought cranberries for it, (and it is good!) but I usually use raisins intead because they are cheaper.

Last week I made it with a pear instead of an apple. I liked the pear in it! The pear is sweeter than the average apple.

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8/24/09 8:39 A

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I've been thinking. One way to save money is to cook from scratch.

I don't know about you all, but I don't always have a lot of time for cooking. Hey, I usually don't!

I've added a new team goal: to cook 1 new recipe per month. Ideally, I would like to try a new recipe every week, but it sounds like too much work. I should be able to try at least one per month!

I invite you to post your new recipes here: either the whole recipe or a link.

Variations on recipes, completely new recipes, fun foods, economical foods, batch cooking ideas, whatever...

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